3M Teams With AORN, IAHCSMM, SIS and Practice Greenhealth to Ignite OneTogether Movement

  3M Teams With AORN, IAHCSMM, SIS and Practice Greenhealth to Ignite
  OneTogether Movement

              Novel, collaborative effort in fight against HAIs

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- March 4, 2013

3M Infection Prevention and founding partners, Association of periOperative
Registered Nurses (AORN), International Association of Healthcare Central
Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), the Surgical Infection Society (SIS),
and Practice Greenhealth have joined together to form OneTogether: The Power
of Small Actions, a multi-year program with the goal of driving individual
small actions to collectively generate a significant impact on the incidence
of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The OneTogether program is
designed to amplify individual actions, support collaborative opportunities
and engage a network of professionals working toward the same goal.

“While the healthcare community is making progress in reducing the occurrence
of HAIs, still nearly 100,000 people will die this year in the United States
from preventable HAIs, and one in 20 patients will contract an HAI while
hospitalized,” said Debra Rectenwald, president and general manager of 3M’s
Infection Prevention Division. “These statistics are troubling. That’s why 3M
is forming OneTogether along with our founding partners. We hope other
organizations and individuals will join in this important effort.”

The OneTogether initiative seeks to empower healthcare professionals to bring
sustained behaviors to their organizations and elevate the infection
prevention conversation within the broader healthcare community.

“To eliminate HAIs, we need to try a new approach, as well as work across
teams to make a difference at every level,” said Linda Groah, CEO/executive
director of AORN. “OneTogether offers all of us a chance to unite, share
what’s working and reinforce how every little action we take can have a major
impact on patient safety.”

OneTogether is built from the E^3 platform detailed in the Educate‚ Empower‚
Engage: A Collaborative Interdisciplinary Call to Action for Reducing Surgical
Site Infection whitepaper, published in 2012 and based on work done at the
fourth annual Infection Prevention Leadership Summit. Based on the E^3
platform, an independent advisory panel of 35 passionate healthcare
professionals with a diverse spectrum of medical expertise was established to
guide and shape the movement.

“The Central Service Department is an integral and yet often under-leveraged
ally in the fight against HAIs,” said Susan Adams, Executive Director of
IAHCSMM. “Our membership is passionate about their role in ensuring safe
patient care. We welcome the OneTogether initiative as an opportunity to team
with a coalition of associations and individuals from many functions to share
insights and develop new approaches to HAI reduction.”

One approach of the OneTogether effort is to highlight what is working well in
healthcare facilities. During AORN’s annual meeting, OneTogether is offering
“Pay it Forward” cards for healthcare providers to provide real-time
recognition to colleagues for the small actions that help keep patients safe
from HAIs. The pocket-sized thank-you cards will be available in the 3M booth
(#3721) throughout the meeting (March 4–7), along with more information on the
OneTogether movement.

Healthcare providers can get more information about OneTogether by visiting
www.joinonetogether.org and are encouraged to join the OneTogether LinkedIn
community. Professional organizations interested in joining 3M, AORN, and
other partner organizations in the OneTogether movement can learn more by
visiting www.joinonetogether.org.

About 3M Infection Prevention

3M Infection Prevention Division is truly on a mission to help reduce
healthcare-associated infections through its infection prevention solutions.
With its system of people, products and processes, 3M remains a trusted
partner committed to helping hospitals reduce the risk of infections, improve
patient outcomes and control their bottom lines. Learn more at

About AORN

AORN represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by
providing nursing education, standards and practice resources — including the
peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN Journal — to enable optimal outcomes
for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures. AORN’s 42,000
registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing, are
enrolled in nursing education or are engaged in perioperative research.


The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel
Management is the premier association for professionals in healthcare central
service/materiel management. IAHCSMM provides structural educational
opportunities, professional development and a forum for information exchange
to more than 19,000 members worldwide. For more information, visit

About SIS

The Surgical Infection Society (SIS) was organized in 1980 and is an
organization of physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.
The mission of the Surgical Infection Society is to educate health care
providers and the public about infection in surgical patients and promote
research in the understanding, prevention and management of surgical
infections. SIS organizes an annual meeting for the purpose of presenting
accepted and award-winning research abstracts, papers and posters. The meeting
is centered around the scientific sessions, which function as a forum for
exchange of information and ideas and for networking with surgeons at all
levels. In addition to member research, SIS publishes position papers and
guidelines relating to the treatment of surgical infection in an effort to
communicate and educate the greater medical science and clinical community.
For more information, seewww.sisna.org.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the nation’s leading membership and networking
organization for institutions in health care that have made a commitment to
sustainable, environmentally friendly practices. To learn more about Practice
Greenhealth, visit www.practicegreenhealth.org.


Janna Fischer, 651-736-5824
Jennifer Westphal, 816-512-2241
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